My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Long before he became a world-famous dreamer, Martin Luther King Jr. was a little boy who played jokes and practiced the piano and made friends without considering race. But growing up in the segregated South of the 1920s forced a very young Martin to learn a bitter lesson -- little white children and little black children were not to play with one another. Martin decided then and there that something had to be done. And as a seven-year-old, he embarked on a journey that would change the course of American history.
Renowned educator Christine King Farris, older sister of the late Dr. King, joins with celebrated illustrator Chris Soentpiet to tell this inspirational story of how one boyhood experience inspired a movement. It's a tale that will touch the hearts of all people, and remind us all that if you believe hard enough, dreams can become reality.
 

About Christine King Farris

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Christine King Farris is the older sister of the late civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is an associate professor of young adult education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she teaches courses in multiculturalism and elementary reading. This is her first book. She and her husband reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young Martin promises his mother that he will be an agent for change, that he will one day “turn this world upside down.” Farris tells the story simply and gently, remembering Martin as her little brother and as the man who indeed turned the world upside down.

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In the years since his death, too many biographers of Martin Luther King Jr. have made him so much larger than life that to the current generation of children he has become more of an idealized heroic icon than a real person.

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Describing the 1963 March on Washington, Farris, the older sister of Martin Luther King Jr., maintains the deft touch and down-to-earth perspective that made My Brother Martin so moving.

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